*pounds on ur windshield as u hide inside ur car with doors locked*
seriously? are you kidding me?
That is a CHILD. Have some fucking decency.
*pops your tires w/ my strong front teeth and goes for the kill*
I’m 98% certain that this is one of my cousins. Even if it isn’t. I know a great deal about the condition that this young boy has. Okay.
So. Before you go making degrading comments about his appearance, which is literally the most childish thing in the world, you should probably learn yourself some facts about him.
The boy in the picture is suffering from Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia. Have you heard of that? You probably haven’t. Don’t worry. It’s not common at all. In fact it was almost two years before the first cousin I have that was born with this disease was diagnosed because doctors just had no idea what it was at all.
Now, what happens to people with Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia? Well, HED is a disease that inhibits the proper development of sweat glands, eyes, hair, teeth and skin.
Inhibited development of sweat glands? Don’t we need them to maintain a regular body temperature? Yeah, we do. Can you just imagine living your life unable to sweat. Unable to release the heat from inside you and living your life in air-conditioning and not being able to go outside in Summer because the very air could scorch your body and, since people have a habit of breathing, even your lungs. (I would like to add that I live in Australia, and so do the cousins to which I am referring, meaning that everything is about 5000 hots at all times). I remember one Christmas with Sebastian, the eldest of my cousins that have HED, when I took him to the swing set at a playground during our picnic and he was running on the padded surface under the playground and it began burning his feet so badly that he tried to stand on his hands to escape it. I didn’t think it was that hot, but hey, I can sweat.
The inhibited hair growth is a form of Albinism, from memory. The defected growth of teeth in most cases means that no teeth will grow ever, but in some cases, like my cousins, pointed teeth will grow from the place of eye teeth and canine teeth.
This condition can also lead to regular bouts of eczema, skin irritation so bad that it just flakes and falls, no matter what you do to help the situation.
So, the child you just made the punchline of your joke can’t sweat, can only play outside during the Winter months; if even then, would have to rely on dentures if his family could afford it - given that raising one child with HED is an expensive commitment, let alone three like my Aunt and Uncle are, would be in a permanently uncomfortable state of being either based on his body temperature, his skin irritation or the fact that the teeth pressing into his lips, tongue or gums are pointed.
Like I said, this isn’t a common condition, infact only around 1 in 17,000 people are affected by the most common strain, so I understand that you didn’t understand why this boy looks the way he does. I’m just upset that it’s the primal instinct of humans to fear/ridicule that which we do not understand. If you, a person old enough to understand the basic workings of a computer, and a website like Tumblr, can feel comfortable making those sorts of remarks about a child (who, to be honest, CLEARLY has some sort of genetic deformity) how would children react to seeing him in the playground during the Winter months, or in the waiting room at the doctor or the hospital?
So, now that you know more about it, you don’t have to be afraid of him. You don’t have to make him the inspiration of some pathetic one liner you used to create a post purely to gain notes on Tumblr. You can hopefully try and understand what his life would be like.
tl;dr: Would you make fun of someone with Cerebral Palsy? Down’s Syndrome? Paraplegic? No? Then why do this?
actually this is my cousin gerald and there aint shit wrong w/ him asshole
I hate people on tumblr like them